Michael Pointer, a Wichita artist who is trained in painting, photography and creative writing, will have several of his photographs on display at the Butler Community College Erman B. White Gallery Oct. 9 through Nov. 2.
His work ranges from realistic photography to more abstract images. “Within the Drought,” which will be on display, is a series of traditional photographs dealing with the drought that has plagued the middle of the country this year.
“Many decades of drawing, painting and writing have created a personal vision of photography that always wants the image to be about much more than just the photograph,” Pointer said. “I consciously work to expand the visual metaphors within my pieces. I do this most often by writing a cycle of poems that achieve a specific emotional tone, these then become templates from which I make the work. The work is not an illustration of the poems but becomes, rather, an extension of that affect.”
Pointer has lived and worked across the United States as well as in The Azores, Portugal and most recently in Kabul, Afghanistan. These experiences, as well as a background in creative writing, have informed and enriched his work as artist and photographer.
He is a fourth generation artist who began drawing, painting and making photographs 48 years ago. He was trained by his father, Ed Pointer, as well as Betty Dickerson and others at the Wichita Art Association and Wichita Art Museum. He taught photography at the Wichita State University School of Art and Design. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and has most recently been included in the prestigious Art of Photography Show at the San Diego Art Institute and will be part of Taiwan Photo 2012. His image, Modern Olympia, a modern treatment of Manet’s Olympia, was included in the Dutch art history journal Simulacrum in June 2012. His work was also part of the Month Of Photography in Denver where one of his images was enlarged and pasted on the side of a downtown Denver building.
Pointer is a 10-year veteran of the United States Air Force. He has lived in the Azores, Portugal and Kabul, Afghanistan as well as Delaware, Texas, Louisiana, California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Kansas. Most recently he participated in providing free dental care to Afghans and imprisoned Afghan women and their children. He continues to serve in an advisory capacity for Centre for Contemporary Arts Afghanistan and The Childlight Foundation for Afghan Children.
He has a bachelor of arts in English with an emphasis in creative writing from Wichita State University.